We have started recital dances and measuring for costumes is ongoing. All students are getting to know their tie-in book and song, which leads to information about our theme this year!
The working title of our recital is: An Evening of Short Stories. It will feature performances tying together 15 children's books* and 115 songs, and melding into 14 short films that incorporate all our classes! Here's the information you need to know:
For our in-person classes:
• We will be filming our classes live on stage at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon from May 10-31. You will receive your filming dates in March. Our goal is that you would not be at Cornell more than twice (unless you are in many classes).
• Classes will be assigned a 90 minute block at the theatre to include:
a. 30 min. costumed photo opportunity with professional photographer
b. 30 min. dress rehearsal
c. 30 min. filming of staged performance (performance may run up to three times for filming)
• Family members are allowed (2-4 in audience, depending on class size; you will find out the number when your time slot is sent to you) to watch the 30 min on stage filming for students who are taking in-person classes. Some smaller classes may be combined at the filming stage, but not during regular weekly classes at Nolte Academy.
• At this point, all filming will be masked.
• There will be a 15-minute break between sessions to allow for groups to come and go without interacting.
For our hybrid classes:
a. learn dance from home, join class May 1, masked, to rehearse with class
b. move into a virtual-only class which will have digital submissions for recorded performance
Please email with one of the above choices by Friday, March 12.
For our virtual-only classes:
Similar to last year, you will send in a video (in costume) for submission. Or, you will have an opportunity to record in our studio with or without assistance in late April/early May.
Other important information:
• Recital Fee:
Our recital fee covers shared production costs: theatre rental, three videographers, six-person editing crew. Included in this fee are tickets to the performance. Tickets will also be available for purchase to those outside Nolte families. The fee is $100/student or $150/family and will be added to your Jack Rabbit account by March 15.
• Costume Fee:
Also billed in March. Costume fees range from $28-60 (no costume fee for voice students), and each class has a separate costume. Art classes are involved in scenery/design, but do not have costumes.
• Sidekick Coffee & Books Partnership:
We are excited to partner with Sidekick for the opportunity to purchase copies of the books we are featuring in our production! More info to come.
• March 3: deadline for submitting costume measurements for those who have not been measured during in-person classes. You can stop by the studio for measuring, or submit your child's bust, waist and girth (shoulder through legs, back up to shoulder) to us via email.
• May 10-31: Filming at Cornell. Weekly classes will run at the studio during these dates, but filming during a particular class day may take the place of in-studio class time. More information to come as the schedule is solidified.
• June 6: Last day of classes for spring trimester (no fee for June, included in 12-week trimester)
• June 11 at 6:30 pm: premiere of show. The recital fee gets you the link with all 14 short films.
Answers to FAQs:
• If you opted out of the recital, but would like to opt back in, please do so by emailing us! We would love to have you!
• If your child is in virtual class now, you can switch to hybrid and/or in-person now and in-person by mid-April to get into recital formation. Contact us to make a change.
• If your child is in four classes of different genres, they would likely be in two 90 minute blocks. They could be the same day, but not guaranteed.
• ICon's recital involvement: more info to come if participating in recital
• Summer schedule will be out in about a month
*List of books featured in our production:
• Goodnight Moon
• The Day the Crayons Quit
• A is for Audra
• Happy Dreamer
• I Am Enough
• Tap Tap Boom Boom
• The Color Monster
• The Princess in Black
• Here We Are
• Where the Wild Things Are
• Antiracist Baby
• Extra Yarn
• The Giving Tree
If you have questions, please view our webinar recording (Access Passcode: 8Tw4!^yT), or email us!
Josephine Baker was an American dancer, actress and singer, born in St. Louis. She moved to New York City at 15 and came of age during the Harlem Renaissance. Baker left for Paris when she was 19 and her career mostly centered in Europe after that. She was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics. She was also known for aiding the French Resistance during World War II. Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences and is noted for her contributions to the civil rights movement.
Click here to see Baker sing in The French Way from 1945.
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Click here to see Revelations.
Roy DeCarava was an American photographer and artist. Much of his work focused on documenting everyday life of African Americans, and jazz musicians in Harlem. DeCarava came to be known as a founder in the field of black and white fine art photography. He won a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship in 1952, becoming the first African American photographer to receive this honor.
Click here to see a short film about DeCarava's life.
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Click here to see a short film about Anderson's life.
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Click here to see Manning and Miller dance in Hellzapoppin'.
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Click here to see the Stormy Weather number.
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Click here to see Jamison in Cry.
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Click here to see a film about Douglas's work.
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Click here to hear The Apollo String Quartet play Price's Five Folksongs in Counterpoint.